Around the world in 80 plates

Visitors to this year’s East Midlands Food Festival can feast on amazing flavours from around the world, from traditional local produce including Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Stilton cheese and beer brewed by Trappist Monks in Leicestershire, through to global cuisines from Greece, India, South America, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Philippines.

The East Midlands Food Festival returns for the 15th year from 6-7 October 2018, with around 200 stands showcasing the best food and drink from the East Midlands and beyond. There’s also the best gin, rum, vodka and whisky produced within 100 miles of Melton Mowbray.

Tickets are priced at £6 (£5 in advance), with children under 16 entering free. Advance tickets are on sale from the Visit Leicester centre in Leicester and Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray, or online from

Celebrity chefs such as TV’s Rachel Green will be cooking up live demonstrations in the Food Theatre and the ‘Cooking Maharaja’ will also be offering a flavour of the East. Leicester’s award-winning De Montfort University Gospel Choir and the Melstrum Ukulele Band will be providing the entertainment this year. There is also a Kids Zone with plenty of activities to entertain and educate children about food.

Coach parking is available on site for up to 50 coaches and group offers are available on request. Contact or on 07894 229499 for more details.

Matthew O’Callaghan, organiser of the East Midlands Food Festival said: “Melton Mowbray has built a strong reputation as the UK’s Rural Capital of Food with good reason – our Pork Pies, Stilton cheese and other local produce are some of the best in the UK. However, we’re also reflecting the diversity of people’s tastes at this year’s Festival with street food from around the world. There are some real favourites on offer, as well as some cuisines that you may not even have tasted before!”

The Festival is organised by the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership with main sponsorship from Samworth Brothers and the support of the Melton Mowbray Market.